Tucson named finalist for grant to be used for midtown park - Tucson News Now

Tucson named finalist for grant to be used for midtown park

The city of Tucson wants to put a park on this site at East Grant Road and North Park Avenue. (Source: Tucson News Now) The city of Tucson wants to put a park on this site at East Grant Road and North Park Avenue. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson is one of 50 finalists for a grant from the National Park Service, which would give the city funding to be used for a midtown park project.

The Tucson Heritage Park is planned for about 1.2 acres in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, on the southwest side of East Grant Road and North Park Avenue.

It would offer visitors a bike share area, cooling stations, a bike repair station, benches and signs that share the history of Tucson.  It will connect to a health trail loop that extends to just north of Banner University Medical Center near East Lester Street and North Campbell Avenue.

The trail will provide a 1, 2, or 3-mile loop for walkers or cyclists.

The city applied for the NPS Land and Water Conservation fund grant to get the ball rolling on this project.

Tucson's application is one of the top finalists in Arizona.

MORE: See the city's grant application (PDF)

The grant would be part of a public, private partnership that would give the city $650,000 for the project. The money would be matched by several groups, including the city of Tucson, Banner UMC, PAG and Jefferson Park neighborhood.

The city expects to hear whether it won the grant by the first week of October.

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